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Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition comes with dual-cam and depth mode

26 Jul

Motorola has unveiled its 2017 flagship smartphone, the Moto Z2. Unsurprisingly the design is quite similar to the original Moto Z and comes with electronic contacts on the back, allowing for the attachment of Motorola’s Moto Mod accessory modules, such as the Hasselblad TrueZoom camera module.

At 6.1mm the device is very thin and comes with a full-metal shell that features a water-repellent nano-coating. In addition, the 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display is shatterproof, making the Z2 more rugged than most of its competitors in the premium segment of the market.

Android 7.1.1 is powered by Qualcomm’s current top-end chipset Snapdragon 835 but at 2730mAh is smaller than on many other high-end phones, which is probably owed to the thinness of the device.

The Moto Z2 is Motorola’s first smartphone to feature a dual-camera setup. Similar to the concept used in Huawei’s recent top-end phones the Moto combines a Sony IMX 1/2.9″ RGB sensor with a monochrome imager and uses image-fusion technology to optimize detail, noise levels, dynamic range and other aspects of image quality.

A depth-mode for simulating a shallow depth-of-field is on board as well and, compared to previous high-end Moto models, Motorola has significantly improved the panorama mode which can now produce much larger image output and fewer ghosting artifacts on moving subjects.

In video mode the Moto Z2 camera is capable of recording 4K footage and 720p slow-motion video at 240 fps or 1080p clips at 120 fps. The front camera offers a 5MP resolution and comes with a wide-selfie mode. A Pro mode provides manual control over shutter speed and other camera parameters and the DNG Raw format is supported with third-party camera apps.

With the dual-cam, improved panorama and slow-motion modes and new features, the Moto Z2 looks like a very promising update to the original Z2, especially in the camera department. You will be able to pre-order the Moto Z2 Force Edition from tomorrow. The device will be available from August 10 launch at a base price of $ 720.

Key specifications:

  • 12MP dual-cam with Sony IMX 386 1/2.9″ RGB and Monochrome sensors, 1.25µm pixel size
  • F2.0 apertures
  • Dual-LED flash
  • Laser and phase detection AF
  • Depth mode
  • Manual camera controls
  • Raw-support with third-party apps
  • 4K video
  • 240fps/720p and 120fps/1080p slow-motion video
  • 5MP front camera
  • 2560×1440 Super AMOLED ShatterShield display
  • Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • 4/6GB RAM (depending on region)
  • 64/128GB of storage (depending on region)
  • microSD slot up to 2TB
  • 2730mAh battery
  • Water-repellent nano-coating
  • Fingerprint reader

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Revitalizing the L.A. River: 7 Architects Envision Fresh Uses for Old Waterway

26 Jul

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

The Los Angeles river changes dramatically as it snakes into and through the city, and these different design proposals carry that legacy forward while envisioning new, user-friendly, flexible and sustainable nodes of activity. The L.A. River Downtown Design Dialogue celebrates ten years of working to revitalized areas and create connections along the river’s route.

Currently, this often-dry river, encased in concrete, feels about as much like a river as Silver Lake feels like a lake, or anything can feel natural when so artificially contained. Seven architecture firms were given one-mile strips to work with and created a wonderful array of designs featuring lush green parks, bike paths, kayaking zones, climbing walls and more.

Gruen Associates tackled a section near Chinatown, created a series of elevated paths and natural meadows all tied into an existing railroad yard.

WSP placed walkways and terraces along the sides of the river while also offering stepping stones for people wanting to walk across.

CH2M took its zone near the Arts District and added bicycle paths and other amenities around a winding and widened section of river made to look and feel more like a local creek.

AChee Salette took over old railway tracks to create a series of gardens spilling down from the road grade above to the level of the river below.

Curving and wrapping paths and walls create an organic wrapper for the section designed by Mia Lehrer + Associates, creating a space to canoe and kayak.

AECOM’s  playfully integrated climbing walls, basketball courts and other sporting amenities, while adding light and color through mosaics and murals spanning their area.

Tetra Tech designed a new bridge to cross the river as well as a river walk, all taking advantage of the existing sloped sides, reflecting the river’s historic form.

Together, these schemes reflect a rich diversity of design strategies as well as usage possibilities — given how prominent and central the path of the river is, it makes a lot of sense to make it a more accessible and vibrant resource for the city and its citizens.

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Phottix replaces Para-Pro lineup with new Premio Parabolic Umbrellas

26 Jul

Phottix has just launched its new Premio Parabolic Umbrellas series, a replacement for its previous Para-Pro product lineup. The Premio series boasts an entirely new locking mechanism that is both simpler and stronger than the version found on the Para-Pro models, as well as deeper umbrellas and fiberglass spokes.

In all, there are eight versions of the Premio umbrellas you can put together: 47in / 120cm and 33in / 85cm umbrellas can be purchased in either ‘shoot-through’ or ‘reflective’ models, with reflective black backing available for the shoot-through models (2 stops of additional light) and white diffusers available for the reflective models.

All four models, plus reflective backing and diffusers, are available now at the following prices:

  • 85cm Reflective Umbrella: $ 45
  • 120cm Reflective Umbrella: $ 55
  • 85cm Shoot-through Umbrella: $ 40
  • 120cm Shoot-through Umbrella: $ 50
  • 85cm White diffuser: $ 15
  • 120cm White diffuser: $ 25
  • 85cm Black backing: $ 15
  • 120cm Black backing: $ 25

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Nikon celebrates 100th anniversary with new vision and crazy music video

26 Jul

Today is Nikon’s 100th anniversary. Founded on this day in 1917 as Nippon Kogaku K.K., the Nikon Corporation has transformed from a manufacturer of precision optical glass into one of the most iconic photographic brands in the world. Their camera legacy began in 1948 with the Nikon Model I and continues on to this day. And regardless of your opinion of Nikon today, the past 100 years are certainly worth celebrating.

The festivities has been going on all year, with videos, a dedicated website, a series of special edition products, posters paying tribute to the company’s most iconic cameras and a lot more, all released this year under the “100th Anniversary” seal.

But today is THE day, and in addition to teasing the upcoming D850 DSLR Nikon has released an official statement from its president about the future of the company, posted a couple of tribute videos, and released one of the wackiest music videos you’ve ever seen.

Tribute Videos

The music video in question was posted to the Nikon Anniversary website, and it’s an “anniversary dance movie featuring Nikon employees and a new generation Japanese rock band, Mrs. Green Apple!” Take a look for yourself:

But Nikon didn’t stop there. We also found this tribute to the F-Mount:

And this charming video titled “Passage of Light”, which pays tribute to the Nikon family.

The Future of Nikon

Finally, on a more serious note, the company published an official press release alongside a personal message from president Kazuo Ushida.

You can read the full press release and statement below, but the most intriguing bit is the part where Mr. Ushida lays out the company’s vision for the next 100 years. “The difference from our past strategies is that we will offer not only products, but also ideas and solutions as well,” says Ushida. “Nikon will be reborn as a solution company providing superior technologies and ideas, holding ‘light’ as our core competency.”

The Nikon vision moving forward is summed up in a single phrase: unlock the future with the power of light. We’ll just have to wait and see what they means in practical terms, but we can only hope the next 100 years are as innovative and groundbreaking as the last hundred.

Happy Birthday Nikon.

Nikon Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of its Founding

July 25, 2017 – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) was established in 1917 (as Nippon Kogaku K.K.). Since then, we have been creating unique value all over the world by providing consumer and industrial optical equipment, including lithography systems and microscopes as well as cameras, based on opto-electronics and precision technologies.

Today, Nikon celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding.
We deeply express our sincere gratitude to all of our stakeholders who have faithfully supported our development that met the needs of the last 100 years.

Over these 100 years, Nikon has contributed to industries and people’s quality of life with its state-of-the-art technologies during each era. We were able to successfully focus on and overcome continuous challenges because we were fully supported and trusted by our stakeholders.

In order for people to create progress toward a prosperous future over the next 100 years, Nikon will continue to contribute to the world.

President’s message

Today, Nikon celebrates the 100th anniversary of its establishment. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of our customers who use our products in their everyday lives, and the stakeholders who have supported our businesses, from the bottom of my heart.

For the past 100 years, consumer demand has called for convenient products that enhance daily life, and Nikon answered with its manufacturing skill and knowledge. However, society and consumer needs are rapidly changing today. We would like to effectively respond to these needs with the world’s highest-class opto-electronics, precision technologies and solutions.

The difference from our past strategies is that we will offer not only products, but also ideas and solutions as well. Nikon will be reborn as a solution company providing superior technologies and ideas, holding “light” as our core competency.

Following our corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity”, we hold a new vision of building the foundations of the next 100 years. We ask for your continued support as we move forward.

Celebrating our 100th anniversary of establishment today, we also introduce our new vision for the next 100 years. As well as this, we are announcing various events planned ahead including new contents in Nikon 100th anniversary site.

New vision and qualities of mind

Marking our centennial year, we announce our new vision that actively leads to our next 100 years.

Our Vision

Unlock the future with the power of light

Unleashing the limitless possibilities of light.
Striving to brighten the human experience.
Focused, with purpose, on a better future for all.
THIS IS THE ESSENCE OF NIKON

Our Qualities of Mind

Curiosity

We show our passion for progress through
a wide range of interests to cultivate fresh ideas.

Acceptance

We warmly embrace diverse ideas
and delight in differences among people and cultures.

Inspirational Power

We share our ideas with infectious enthusiasm
to effect positive change in the world.

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Leica Chairman Andreas Kaufmann says he wants a ‘true Leica phone’

25 Jul

Last year, Leica teamed with Chinese company Huawei to co-engineer the dual-lens camera found on the back of the Huawei P9 smartphone. That may be just the start of Leica’s phone dabbling, though, based on comments made by company Chairman Andreas Kaufmann in a recent interview with CNBC’s ‘Managing Asia.’

Kaufmann touched on the topic of Leica’s Huawei partnership and future plans under it, but also revealed his personal ‘dream’: the creation of a full Leica smartphone.

Kaufmann talked about some of the problems with smartphones and how they relate to modern photography, saying, “Every smartphone is wrong for photography at the moment… the phone nowadays is not fit really for photography… it’s used as a camera, it’s used as a video camera, but it’s not built that way and I think there’s a long way to go still.”

While Kaufmann didn’t detail any specific issues he sees with modern phones as photography gear, he did say that he’d like to see Leica step up with its own smartphone to solve the problems. “I am not sure whether the company can do [this]…[but] one dream would be my personal dream: a true Leica phone,” he said, leading to many a raised eyebrow among Leica lovers.

Whereas the P9 is a Huawei phone with Leica camera tech, a ‘true Leica phone’ would presumably be fully Leica-branded and designed specifically for the company’s customer base.

Though he didn’t have more to say about that dream, Kaufmann did tease CNBC with hints of Leica’s future plans with Huawei, saying, “It get a bit confidential, but you could think of this: are two camera systems enough for a smartphone? And that could give you a hint into the future.” Looks like the 16-camera Light L16 camera might have some competition from Leica and Huawei in the future.

To check out Kaufmann’s full interview, click here.

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Rode releases pricing and shipping date for VideoMic Pro+

25 Jul

The long anticipated replacement for the popular Rode VideoMic Pro is almost ready for shipping. The UK price of the upgraded VideoMic Pro+ will be £290 (approx. $ 350) when it goes on sale in mid-August.

The new version of the on-camera microphone will feature interchangeable power options with a supplied rechargeable lithium ion battery that can be replaced with AA cells. A USB port also allows the mic to be powered or recharged via an external battery pack. The mic will save power by shutting itself down when not in use, and Rode has improved the battery door handling so that it doesn’t come off.

The company also says that it has improved digital noise reduction processes to reduce background interference and to enhance clarity for DSLR and mirrorless users.
The Rode VideoMic Pro+ comes with a Rycote Lyre suspension system and a ten-year warranty. For more information visit the Rode website.

Press Release

The On-Camera Microphone You’ve Been Waiting For is Here: Meet the VideoMic Pro+

Pro-audio brand RØDE Microphones is announcing a new addition to its best in market on-camera category – the VideoMic Pro+.

Announced at RØDEShow 2017, Freedman Electronics 50th anniversary celebration, the VideoMic Pro+ is set to prove that RØDE Microphones has yet again upped the game for the prosumer filmmaker.

Still with the best-in-class Rycote Lyre suspension system on board, the VideoMic Pro+ improves on the existing VideoMic Pro capsule/line tube and windshield, plus boasts a host of new features:

  • Automatic Power Function (subject to plug-in power availability) is perfect for the run-and-gun shooter, automatically turning the microphone off when unplugged from the camera
  • Built-in Battery Door makes replacing the battery a breeze and far less cumbersome than previous VideoMic models – plus it won’t get lost.
  • Power options – the VideoMic Pro+ can be powered by the all-new and included RØDE LB-1 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery, 2 x AA Batteries or continuously via Micro USB
  • Digital Switching – will ensure the user has ultimate capture of the audio signal at the source, reducing post production and editing times. The Digital Switching includes:
    • 2-Stage High Pass Filter to reduce low frequencies such as rumble from traffic or air conditioning
    • 3-Stage Gain Control, with +20dB function – designed to improve audio quality on DSLR or mirrorless cameras
    • High Frequency Boost will boost high frequencies enhancing detail and clarity in the recording
    • Safety Channel to help ensure the signal does not clip when unexpected spikes occur

“The VideoMic Pro+ is a new benchmark in on-camera microphones,” comments Damien Wilson, RØDE and Freedman Group CEO. “We have listened to our customers and are delivering the microphone they’ve asked for, with features such as the built-in battery door, automatic power function and included Lithium-Ion Battery.”

The VideoMic Pro+ ships with a 3.5mm TRS Cable, LB-1 Lithioum-Ion Rechargeable Battery and includes RØDE’s 10-year warranty and is now available at authorised RØDE dealers. For more information please visit: www.rode.com/microphones/videomicproplus

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Sample gallery: Around town with the Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art

25 Jul

The Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art is a truly unique lens. Offering the widest aperture of any lens that bears the same focal length, it is very sharp, produces beautiful sunstars, and offers almost uncanny subject isolation given its ultra-wide field of view. In other words, it’s capable of imagery that no other lens on the market can produce. Check out our sample gallery to see for yourself.

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The Art of Tech Living: Amsterdam’s Urban Campsite Lets You Sleep in Sculptures

25 Jul

[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ]

Every year, Amsterdam’s Centrumeiland of Ijburg hosts ‘Urban Campsite,’ a public exhibition of sculptural habitats allowing local residents and tourists can spend the night in mobile sculptures. Designers, artists and architects are invited to create cool structures that are way more interesting than the average tent and install them at Science Park, a new area in Amsterdam-East. This year’s theme is ‘The Art of Tech-Living,’ envisioning how art can give science and technology a little boost of imagination.

“Did you ever feel the urge to sleep in a piece of art? Well, then this is your chance! UrbanCampsite is the place where a camping and unique artistic objects meet. You can stay in beautiful, special, sometimes crazy works of art furnished as a hotel room. The UrbanCampsite offers its guests all the amenities of a normal campsite … and quite a lot more than that!”

Prospective guests book the individual habitats on AirBnB, and each sculpture is fully furnished inside. These ‘sleeping objects’ typically have room for two, though a couple will fit children as well, and they range from 85-120 Euros per night. They’re often made of reclaimed materials like trampolines, shrink wrap, pallets and metallic insulation.

For 2017, the selection of sleeping objects includes a mini monastery with an oak sapling at its center, a giant camera obscura, a Dutch electric car from the 70s once used as a mobile post office, a stargazing lab, a 360-degree rotating research ship and a “luxury bungalow made of a sewer tube,” among others.

“Waiting for Water” by Stefanie Rittler and Sascha Henken, for example, bills itself as a humorous view on climate change, saying “The sea water level is constantly rising. Should we wait or change something?” In any case, you can enjoy the views from the upper-level bedroom while the exhibition is still safe on dry land.

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Nikon announces development of D850

25 Jul

Nikon has announced the development of the long-awaited replacement to its high resolution, full-frame D810: the D850.

The company didn’t release any actual details about the D850, though a teaser video promises an 8K time-lapse function. Nikon says that it will be a ‘formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility’ and that it will incorporate ‘new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users.’

Nikon promises more information about the D850 at a later date. When that time comes, be sure to visit DPReview for all the details!

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Press Release:

DEVELOPMENT OF DIGITAL SLR CAMERA NIKON D850

MELVILLE, NY (July 25, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) –– Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the next generation full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras with the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Nikon D850. This announcement coincides with Nikon’s 100th anniversary of its establishment, which is celebrated today.

The D850 will be a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including both aspiring and professional photographers as well as hobbyists who capture landscapes, weddings, sports, fashion, commercial imagery and multimedia content creators.

The D850 is the successor to the D810, which has been highly praised by its users for offering extremely sharp and clear rendering, with rich tone characteristics. This powerful new FX-format digital SLR camera is engineered with a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users, who demand the very best from their camera equipment. The D850 will exceed the expectations of the vast range of photographers that seek the high resolution and high-speed capabilities that only a Nikon of this caliber complemented by NIKKOR lenses can offer.

To learn more about the Nikon D850, please visit nikonusa.com/d850. Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date.

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Ten things we’re hoping for from the Nikon D850

25 Jul

Ten things we’re hoping for from the Nikon D850

Nikon has announced the development of a the D850 – the long-awaited successor to the D810. As we’ve come to expect from such announcements in the past, Nikon is being vague on exact details, but promises that the D850 will be ‘a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility.’

We don’t have detailed specs yet, so until more details emerge, we’ve made a wish list. Click through for ten features that we’re hoping to see either added or improved in the forthcoming D850. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.

More pixels (but not too many more)

A well-processed Raw file from the D810’s 36MP sensor contains a lot of detail, but we’d expect the D850 to offer at least a modest increase in pixel count.

The D810’s resolution of 36MP is more than enough for most applications, but we’d be surprised if the D850 doesn’t come with a higher megapixel sensor. In general, more pixels means better images, but we hope that the increase in resolution is reasonably modest. After all, 36MP is fine, and more pixels = bigger file sizes, and more work for the camera’s processor.

The same or better low ISO DR

This shot from the D810 was exposed for the highlights at ISO 64 and selectively pushed by 4EV – while retaining highlights – post-capture.

One of our favorite things about the D810 is its incredible dynamic range at its true ‘base’ ISO of 64. If you’re a regular lurker in DPR comments threads you’ll know that whether or not you need more DR is still (for some reason) a topic of hot debate. We’ll save you a lot of research and just say once and for all that more dynamic range is always a good thing. More DR means greater potential for capturing a wider range of tones in a single, clean, exposure. In fact, ISO 64 on the D810 allows it to compete with medium-format image quality.

If you’re still unconvinced, read this.

The D5’s autofocus system

The D5’s 153-point AF system is superbly versatile, and much more effective in poor light than the D810’s older system.

It’s a pretty safe bet that the D5’s 153-point autofocus system will find its way into the D850. The D5 (and the D500, which uses the same AF array) offers truly state-of-the-art autofocus, including excellent accuracy in poor light (not a strength of the D810) and an extraordinarily capable 3D AF tracking system.

There’s a common misconception that AF tracking is only really useful when shooting sports, action and wildlife, but we’ve come to appreciate it for portraiture, too. Especially for kids and babies, who don’t always stand as still as photographers would like.

4K video

The D500 and D5 offer 4K video capture, with some restrictions – we’re hoping that the D850 improves on their video specification.

The D850 will probably offer some flavor of 4K video capture. If it does end up with a 42MP sensor like the one on the Sony a7R II, we’d love to see D850 provide the same kind of video resolution options as that camera, with full-frame 4K plus an option for higher-quality oversampled 4K with a Super 35 crop.

Even if the D850 doesn’t ship with a7R II-style 4K feature suite, we’d at least hope for the addition of more sophisticated highlight warnings, plus focus peaking, which is a glaring omission from the D500 and D5. Oh and the reason we’re not clamoring for on-sensor masked PDAF: the artifacts it can result in with most mirrorless cameras when shooting into back-light.

XQD support

CompactFlash has been around a long time, but XQD cards are the future. The D500 offers one XQD slot and one SD slot – we’d expect the D850 to provide the same configuration.

It’s had a good run, and honestly it’s hung around for a lot longer than we thought it would, but the venerable CompactFlash memory format has had its day. The XQD media used in the D500 and D5 is smaller, mechanically simpler, and much, much faster.

Since Nikon is pitching the D850 as having ‘high-speed capabilities,’ we’d expect that the D850 will at least offer a single XQD slot, probably with an SD slot as backup/overflow (like the D500).

An articulated, touch-sensitive LCD

The D500’s rear screen is touch-sensitive and semi-articulating. We’re hoping to see the same screen on the D850.

We’d expect the D850’s rear screen to at least offer the 2.36M-dot resolution and limited touch-sensitivity features of the D5, but we’re really hoping that it’s articulated, too. While potentially less robust than fixed displays, tilting screens are much more useful, especially for landscapes, and indeed any tripod-mounted shooting from low or high angles.

Proper electronic first-curtain shutter implementation

This is what mirror/shutter shock looks like at its worst. We’re hoping the D850 offers a more effective electronic first curtain shutter feature.

The D810 improved on the D800-series by offering electronic first-curtain shutter (EFCS) to reduce the risk of shutter shock, but in our opinion, it didn’t go far enough.

With the D850, we’d love to see Nikon implement this feature properly, which means decoupling it from the mirror lock-up drive mode. Essentially it could operate much like the existing exposure delay mode, but with a much shorter delay. When the shutter button is pressed, the shutter and mirror would lock up, and the exposure would be started electronically a fraction of a second later.

We’ve found even a quarter of a second (or less) to be long enough to allow mirror vibrations to die out. A proper EFCS implementation would go a long way to avoiding mirror and shutter-related shake, especially some of the odd results we saw with some Nikon VR lenses.

Built-in Wi-Fi (and improved SnapBridge)

Snapbridge has improved since we first encountered it in the D500, but it’s still not great. We’d expect some degree of built-in connectivity but are hoping Nikon has made a fair few steps forward.

The D810 arrived before built-in Wi-Fi was widespread in Nikon’s lineup and we’d expect the D850 to offer built-in connectivity of some kind, as opposed to being limited to using external Wi-Fi modules. Nikon’s beginner-focused ‘SnapBridge’ system provides full-time Bluetooth connection but it offers limited access to, or control over, Wi-Fi. As such, it would seem like an odd fit for a camera that promises both high speed and high resolution capture (but hey – Nikon put it into the D500, so who knows?)

If present, we’d expect the D850 to feature Nikon’s full ‘SnapBridge’ suite, which includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. We can only hope that the company continues its efforts to improve the system.

Improved Auto AF Fine Tune

Auto AF Fine Tune is a great feature, but there’s room for improvement. We’re hoping that Nikon has refined it in the D850.

The D5 and D500 offer automated AF point calibration, but it’s not as useful – or as easy to use – as we’d like. Since higher resolution bodies require even greater AF precision, we’d love for Nikon to do some work on this feature in the D850. Specifically, we’d like to see the Auto AF Fine Tune extended to all AF points, not just the center point, and we’d like to be able to calibrate for different subject distances, and for ends of a zoom lens’s range. We’d also like calibration to be made more consistent – often the obtained value varies every time you try it.

In theory, if Auto AF Fine Tune could be improved along these lines, the D850 owner would be able to all-but guarantee accurate autofocus on each of his/her lenses, in any shooting condition. This has become expected, thanks to mirrorless.

Smaller body, illuminated controls

If you’ve ever shot at night, or early in the morning, you’ll appreciate the value of backlit controls. Will the D850 inherit this feature from the D5 and D500? We hope so.

The D810 is a pretty beefy camera, and not the most comfortable DSLR to hold and use for extended periods of time. We’re really hoping that the Nikon D850 gets slimmed-down a little, in the same way as we’ve seen with the D750 and D7500.

Another feature that we’d like to see included in the D850 is backlit controls. The ability to illuminate key control points in the D5 and D500 is extremely useful for low light and night shooting.

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